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Remember Andy Xenon?

by Tom Pinchuk & Nikos Koutsis

He was a boy adventurer… until he lost his powers and had to grow up real fast. Now, Andy wants an answer - what went wrong?

A one-shot 48-page comic that writer Kieron Gillen touts as a "beautiful and human post-deconstructionist superheroes in the mode of Astro City" and writer J.M. DeMatteis calls a "cosmic romp with a sharp sense of humor and great group of characters."

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Print copy of the 48-pg comic with Nikos Koutsis “Super” Cover + free PDF (Cyber Edition)

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Original Art Page by Nikos Koutsis - Page 4

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Portfolio Review by Nikos Koutsis

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Story

Awesome powers? Adventures all over the world? Andy Xenon was the boy hero every kid wished they could be! But then he turned 18 and those powers vanished. No more adventures. What happened? Why? Never getting any explanations, Andy resigned to life as a normal guy… and it’s a quiet misery. Nobody believes he used to be Andy Xenon. People have moved on to new adventurers and, each year, fewer even remember Andy, at all...
 
But one person hasn’t forgotten. A journalist has tracked Andy down for a soul-searching interview. At last, he can set the record straight, review his reckless youth with hard-earned wisdom… and maybe figure out what went wrong. Is it too late for answers? Or can Andy earn a second chance? With your pledge, we can share REMEMBER ANDY XENON? with the world and join Andy on one off-beat journey of redemption and see how sometimes the end of a story is only just the beginning.

Preview

 

“Super Edition” Nikos Koutsis Cover / “Mega Edition” Brent Schoonover Variant / “Ultra Edition” Freddie Williams II Variant

 

Some interior pages:

 

 

Bios

 
Tom Pinchuk – Writer/Creator: A man of duality, Tom has charted the adventures of world-famous kid heroes like Cartoon Network’s BEN 10 and Mattel’s MAX STEEL while also crafting mature audience comics for HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE, among other outlets. He swears REMEMBER ANDY XENON? will reconcile these contradictions, at last. Tom has written for television, comics and everything in-between and, before moving to Los Angeles, dwelled everywhere from Singapore to Syracuse. He delights in obstacle races, escape rooms, recounting his “breathtaking” loss to a future U.F.C. fighter at a Jiu-Jitsu tournament and in masterminding increasingly elaborate, diabolical April Fools Day pranks.
 
 
Nikos Koutsis – Illustrator/Creator: Located in Athens, Greece, Nikos is the co-creator of ERRAND BOYS (Image), and artist on Erik Larsen’s MIGHTY MAN (Image) and Hasbro's STRETCH ARMSTRONG (IDW). He’s been the colorist on SAVAGE DRAGON since 2008 and colored more than 3,500 pages for Image and IDW so far, claiming that the night is still young! It's really a mystery how he manages to have a life as a family man, teach as a Sequential Arts Professor at Vakalo College of Art and Design, or maintain a good shape for himself! (Or at least this is what he thinks he’s doing)
 
 
Eva de la Cruz – Colorist: Eva has enjoyed nearly two decades in the industry working with companies such as 2000AD, Vertigo, DC Comics, Dark Horse, IDW, Scholastic and, currently, After Shock.
 
 
A Larger World Studios – Lettering: Troy Peteri and Dave Lanphear (who also was Graphic Designer for the project) have lettered a zillion comics from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN to WITCHBLADE, and a lot of BATMAN (because there can never be enough of those, as far as Troy is concerned). They also draw, write and enjoy carbs too much.
 
Guest artists contributing to the 'We Remember Andy Xenon' companion piece included within the 48-pg. comic:
 
Alfa Robbi (A.K.A.“Sharknob”) [ MAX STEEL, VOLTRON FORCE, MONSUNO ]
Enis Cisic [ AVENGERS: MILLENNIUM (Marvel), ORIGIN SIN ANNUAL (Marvel ]
Joel Gomez [ GEARS OF WAR, REVERSE FLASH, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO BATMAN ]
Farid Karami [ NIGHT-GWEN (Marvel), the Top Cow Talent Hunt ]
Kevin Castaniero [ GRIT (Scout Comics), CAN’T KILL KADE (Alterna Comics) ]
Clay Mccormack [ REDLINE (Oni Press), NIGHT MOVES (IDW), POSER (Waxwork Comics) ]
Patrick McEvoy [ Clients include Blizzard, Wizards of the Coast and Marvel Entertainment ]
Joe Suitor [ Clients include Paramount, Warner Bros. and NBCUniversal ]
Lesley Vamos [ Clients include Harper, Walker, Macmillan ]
Charles Paul Wilson III [ THE STUFF OF LEGEND, X-FILES, NINJA TURTLES ]
 

Our Mission

From BEN 10 to MAX STEEL and STRETCH ARMSTRONG, Tom and Nikos have charted many world-famous kid heroes’ adventures. Call us experts of the genre. But after meeting a lot of their young adult fans, we noticed something. Many were frustrated by series reboots – feeling like they’d grown up with characters for years only to be passed over for younger generations, with new branding stressing that they'd "aged out" as an audience. It made us think... well, what if this type of hero aged out, too? Could more grown up stories work?
 
The answer, of course, is yes. The Death of Captain Marvel. Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow. Astro City. All these comics inspired us by taking past generations’ heroes – characters often dismissed as kids stuff – and pushing them into profound new territory. Taking on a similar creative challenge for REMEMBER ANDY XENON? was too enticing to ignore. It felt like such a fitting, and fun, way to give back to fans.
 

As we charted Andy’s misadventures, we found plenty of poignant analogies – between characters and their fans, between heroes and everyday people. Whoever you are, growing up is all about navigating life’s ups and downs, and we put Andy through some real tough ones in this comic. We think you’ll find this promising kid who got passed over and replaced, -- who could really use a second shot – more relatable than you’d even expect. Join us on this journey and let’s push this type of hero into profound new territory together. 

Format

Another charm of the comics that inspired us above is that they aren’t sprawling epics. Most are self-contained one-shots. We had to capture such poetic focus. Introduce a character and world who feel like they’ve got lots of history behind them, but aren’t asking anybody to do homework before reading, nor hang on ‘til months later for the good stuff.
 
So… REMEMBER ANDY XENON? is all here in one go. Beginning. Middle. End. Nothing held back.
Thing is... original one-shots don’t really fit into most publishing brackets. Go that route and we might have to pad this out – and that’s not the comic we want to make. So, again, if fans inspired us to create this, why not go straight to them? With this campaign, we can make the comic we want to make, the way we want to make it, and take it directly to the people we want reading it.

Praise

"Beautiful and human post-deconstructionist superheroes in the mode of Astro City."
- Kieron Gillen (Star Wars, Eternals, the Wicked + the Divine)

“Tom Pinchuk’s Remember Andy Xenon? is a cosmic romp with a sharp sense of humor and great group of characters, all brought to energetic visual life by Nikos Koutsis.”
- J.M. DeMatteis (Justice League International, Kraven's Last Hunt, Moonshadow)
 

"Energetic, clever and sharply observed -- meaning Remember Andy Xenon? contains all the trademarks of a Tom Pinchuk comic."

  • - Tim Seeley (Batman Eternal, Guardians of the Galaxy: Best Story Ever, Hack/Slash)

 

“Everyone wonders where the hot new comics property will come from and look to publishers, trends in subject matter, cool promotions, or innovative formats. Instead, I look to the creators doing exciting work. Tom Pinchuk is always at the forefront of that movement. So, don’t ask me which book is going to be the new hotness, ask me where Tom Pinchuk is right now.” 

- Phil Hester (Green Arrow, Wonder Woman)


“This fun-house mirror tale of a superhero and his origin story blasts onto the scene with full-throttle action, sly humor and genuine heart. Remember Andy Xenon? is unforgettable.”
- Julia Lewald (X-Men: the Animated Series, Transformers: Robot in Disguise)
 
"...an action-packed and beautifully pieced-together story... [with] youthful spiritedness throughout..."
- Pastrami Nation
 
“We've all dreamt of what we would do with super powers, but have you ever thought about having them taken away? Great story, fantastic art and rich backmatter…”
- LRM Online: The Comics Source
 

"This is a must-have to add to your comic reading list."

  • - That Hashtag Show

 

"Superhero sc-ifi action of the fourth kind! If you like your comics amped with pure FUN, look no further. The bus stops at Andy Xenon's house."

  • - Geoffrey Thorne (Green Lantern, Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Spider-Man)

 

“Deftly complemented by impeccable art from Nikos Koutsis, [Tom Pinchuk]’s deconstruction of the child hero trope is witty, inventive, and fun.”

- Comic Attack

Press

 

Reading With a Flight Ring

 

3 Million Years

 

Entertainment Fish

Original Art

 

 

Stretch Goals

Delivery

The book’s all done. Each page of the 32-page comic? Done. Every bit of the 16-page companion piece? Done. All the covers and variants? Done. Everything. So, no need to fret about those being completed on schedule.
 
Digital rewards will be delivered soon after the campaign’s completion, so anybody dying to read Andy’s story right away will be able to on their devices of choice. Printing and shipping should take around three months, so delivery of rewards is expected to be done by December. This is independent publishing, so this step takes a little longer than with mainstream comics, but since this independent publishing, we’ve also been able to take our time to carefully craft a book instead of rushing to meet a monthly deadline. We’ve created a reading experience fans will be able to savor and find more to appreciate with each re-read. 
 
Still, the pandemic has shown that certain conditions are simply out of anybody’s hands. The case of that freight ship getting stuck in a canal early this year was also an example of an accident that could interfere with shipment and delivery, for example, since we’re printing overseas. Chances are remote, but there’s still no predicting such circumstances. However, Zoop will always be here to communicate with backers should any delays occur, or if there’s confusion about delivery, or any other concerns that may come up.

updates

2021-11-25 04:13:14

Update from Tom

Tom Pinchuk

Some quick updates for everybody...

We received a proof copy last week from the new printer we selected. Unfortunately, it had a number of spots of "artificating" --  unsightly glitches which can pop up when digital files transfer to print.

The purpose of a proof copy is to catch such blemishes before the print run commences and there's no going back. So, while it can be tedious to look for and correct such bugs (especially because it adds to the wait for our readers) we think taking this extra time and care is worth it. We want to make sure the comic everybody receives and keeps for years to come is the best quality.

Again, though supply-chain issues required us to find a new printer, we're excited about the one we've found. Our print order has been set with them and, as soon as we get the proof corrections addressed, it should hopefully be a quick turnaround thereafter.

We appreciate everybody bearing with us during this part of the process. Aside from the original art which will be sent out along with the comics, Nikos and I have fulfilled all other campaign rewards. I really enjoyed my class with the backers who signed up for it, and Nikos likewise has had a lot of fun reviewing portfolios and drawing commissions.

The responses from those who've read the Cyber Edition have been fantastic, too. We can't for everybody to experience the Super, Mega and Ultra Editions, and we're hoping that'll be soon!

2021-10-23 03:22:07

Printing status update

Tom Pinchuk

An update for everybody who pre-ordered the book. We were looking at a printer overseas to print Remember Andy Xenon, at first, but it turned out that the supply chain disruptions which have been all over the news lately were affecting this printer, as well. Their estimated shipping date was much further out than we wanted, so we had to search for an American printer and start the process over, comparing quotes and so on. The good news is that we've found a new printer, now. We're setting the print run with them and hope to have copies moving soon.
 
We appreciate everybody's patience. As independent creators, steps like this take a little longer, but we know the extra care will ensure the comic looks and feels as great as it should.

2021-10-01 22:19:16

Digital Rewards going out!

Zoop

 

2021-09-20 20:43:30

Charging cards and setting up printing

Zoop

Hey everyone! Here's a quick update:
 
We're fixing some credit card charges that didn't go through, but once that's all settled (hopefully within a week or so) we'll be sending out the digital copies to everyone who bought the book! Printing particulars are being arranged as well, and we'll let you know how that progresses. Thanks again for the support!

2021-09-12 19:53:54

Great finish + almost ready to start processing charges

Zoop

Thank you supporters for putting the final stamp on a successful campaign!
 
Over the next week we'll be taking care of a few special cases, consolidating shipping charges for supporters that did multiple pledges, and then eventually charging everyone's credit cards. Then we'll be reaching out to all supporters that we'll need feedback from (i.e. specifics for the sketch commissions and setting up one-on-ones)
 
We'll keep you updated through each step - starting with heading to the printer within the coming weeks - so stay tuned, and thanks again!

2021-09-08 15:45:05

Final Day!

Zoop

Thank you to all of the supporters who helped us to reach the funding goal! We are now a go on printing!
 
For everyone else still sitting on the sidelines, get those last minute pledges in by midnight tonight, or you'll miss out on the sleeper hit of the year! There's a reason why so many comics pros have sung the praises of this book (see 'Praise' section above) - it's all killer no filler!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2021-09-08 15:35:21

Back on the Clock!

Zoop

The final week of the campaign is just around the corner -- let's finish strong and blast through that funding goal!
 
Lots more press and podcasts have been posted in the Press section, as people are really catching onto the brilliance of this new work. Let's Go!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2021-08-19 03:50:04

Quick Update

Zoop

Remember Andy Xenon's co-creator, Nikos Koutsis, lives in Greece, which is currently still enduring disastrous wildfires. Nikos was excited to be closely involved in the campaign and its promotion, but recovery in his area must continue to take priority now. Out of respect for these extreme circumstances, Zoop added extra days to the campaign countdown earlier this month until Nikos can return hopefully later in August. In the meantime, supporters can still order all rewards listed on the campaign page, and the campaign countdown should be back to being fully set shortly.

2021-07-28 18:44:14

Some nice press coverage

Zoop

Remember Andy Xenon? recently received more awesome endorsements from some other peers, including Tim Seeley and Phil Hester (collected in the PRAISE section above).
 
And Tom Pinchuk's podcast interviews with Geekscape and the Comics Source both just went live too. We created a PRESS section above with lots of logos & links to click on - check 'em out! And please spread the word!

2021-07-28 05:13:39

Live Sketch!

Zoop

Here's a fun little video of Nikos Koutsis doing an Andy Xenon live sketch that he posted on his Facebook page:
 

2021-07-23 17:13:33

Original Art posted!

Zoop

We got some requests for Nikos' original art pages, so those are now posted in the rewards section! They're one-of-a-kind prints, never to be printed again, and come with an authenticity certificate. We're starting with the cover, pages 4,7, 9, 13 & 18 (had to be careful which ones to post to avoid any spoilers).
 
Go to the 'Original Art' section to see these pages in all of their glorious detail.

2021-07-21 03:57:19

Off to a good start!

Zoop

We're off and running! Thank you everyone who has supported the campaign so far.
 
We're just getting started with the fun, so be sure to keep an eye on this space, watch for more updates and help spread the word about this totally unique comic with heart, humor, action and cleverness! Tom, Nikos & co. have really put together a winner that we're sure you're gonna love. And get in on some of those add-ons -- commissions, portfolio review, writing class - oh my!

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Can I purchase more than 1 item?

YES!  We encourage you to purchase more than 1 item! That could be multiple copies of the same reward, or you can mix and match rewards! There is no limit, unless otherwise stated in the reward description. 

What's the idea behind the Rewards and Add-Ons? Can I get both?

Rewards are the priority items that the creators have chosen for the campaign. Add-Ons are meant to be secondary items that are 'unlocked' after you buy something from the Reward level. There are no restrictions on buying Rewards, but you can only buy Add-Ons if you've bought a Reward. Zoop sets this up under the direction of the creators. Some may choose to only have Rewards, some may choose an even balance of Rewards and Add-Ons, and others may choose to only have one or two Rewards with the rest of the items being Add-Ons.

Will there be a post-campaign period where you can make changes and get add-ons through a 'pledge manager'?

No - this is it! We're essentially your in-campaign pledge manager. If you are interested in supporting these creators, this is the time to do it!  And it's the exact reason we allow you to purchase as many rewards as you want during the campaign!

If I purchase rewards and then want to make changes to that purchase later on in the campaign, what is the process?

If you want to make changes, you should first cancel your original order and then start over with a new one. If you don't do that and simply process an additional order, the way our system is currently set up you may end up being overcharged for shipping -- which we could remedy for you, but it just takes that extra step of catching it and crediting you back the extra shipping, so please try the prior way first.

Where can I find your shipping rates?

Since we have an a la carte rewards system, shipping rates will vary from supporter to supporter. We use a weight-based calculation system in your checkout cart, though, so, after you enter your country, you'll be able to see it calculated in real time with each item you add.

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Our campaigns are for a worldwide audience unless stated otherwise in the campaign. All international orders are sold with the terms DAP (Delivered At Place). You are responsible for any duties and taxes required for the shipment's entry into your country. Our carriers may require you to pay taxes and fees related to importation and customs brokerage of your shipment -- but if your item is really low in value, it may fall under the customs de minimis of most countries. For more information, please contact USPS.

If I got a reward that requires some feedback from me, how do I let you know my request?

You could e-mail us at hello@wearezoop.com with that info during the campaign if you'd like to get it out of the way. Otherwise, we'll be reaching out to all supporters of rewards that require feedback shortly after the campaign is over.

Any other questions / comments?

Please e-mail us at hello@wearezoop.com and we'll get right back to you!

How do I cancel a transaction?

You can either access the transaction through your account and click the cancel button, or contact us at hello@wearezoop.com and we'll cancel it for you and send back a confirmation email.
 
Cancellations of rewards or add-ons of $500 or more must be made before there are 72 hours left in the campaign. The reason for this is it can have a negative effect on the tally of the campaign. If it is a limited reward or add-on, there may not be sufficient time for someone else to purchase it, leaving the campaign possibly not funded. We ask for your courtesy of the people running the campaign when making these decisions.

What does Zoop use for checkout and when would my credit card be charged?

We use Stripe for checkout, and the interface is entirely pre-made by them. Once there, you have 15 minutes to complete the transaction. Stripe then holds the credit card info until the end of a successful campaign and charges it shortly after the campaign is over. You'll get an email confirmation with a summary of rewards and charges both after the initial pledge and after the actual charging of the card (try looking in your spam folder if you don't happen to see it in your inbox).

Does Zoop save my credit card info?

Zoop does not store or keep your credit card info. Stripe simply holds the credit card info until the end of a successful campaign and then charges it. It is strictly for this one time use and won't charge it ever again.

How do original art sales work for pieces drawn digitally?

Nikos and most of the guest artists, like Brent Schoonover, produced their work entirely with digital tools instead of traditional pencils and pens. Since collectors are still interested in buying comics art, we've adopted the new practice of offering original art for sale by printing pieces on high-quality paper with certificates of authenticity. With a guarantee that we'll only sell a piece once and never print it again, collectors will receive a piece produced through 21st century methods which will remain one-of-a-kind.